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With the emergence of telemedicine, where do nurses fit in?
By Joan Spitrey
Remote medical monitoring is what most frequently think of in regard to telemedicine. If fact, the use of remote monitoring has been in place for more than 40 years, and has be highly effective in rural areas. But the overall concept of telemedicine is to bring a specialist's expertise to a facility "virtually," saving the patient being transported unnecessarily. So much has changed in the healthcare world with the advent of technology and the evolution of telemedicine. And telemedicine continues to evolve as technology becomes more advanced. So where do nurses fit into this changing landscape?
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Membership Needs Assessment Survey
Deadline extended through Sept. 26

The ANA Massachusetts Conference Planning Committee is seeking your feedback to assist us in developing future educational programs and events designed to meet your learning needs and promote your ongoing professional development. To that end, we would so appreciate your taking a few moments of your valuable time to complete the following online Membership Educational Needs Assessment Survey (click here). Your input matters! We are here for you, our members, and, as such, want to assure as much as possible that we are meeting your educational needs by providing you with the information you need to grow your practice whether it be as a bedside nurse, educator in an academic or service setting, nurse researcher, or nurse administrator.
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Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Needed: Articles for The December 2014 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by about 118,000 RNs in the Commonwealth! This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
This year we are focusing on safe staffing and encourage you to weigh in on this important issue!

Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!!

Your contribution can be sent to myracacace@charter.net or mailed to ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186.

Deadline date for submission is Oct. 10!

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ANA Massachusetts Fall Conference
Keeping Patients and Nursing Staff Safe: Challenges and Possibilities
Keynote: Janet Haebler, MSN, RN, Associate Director, State Government Affairs, American Nurses Association
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Sheraton Framingham Hotel
Exhibitor/Sponsorship Opportunities, click here.

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Join Team ANA Massachusetts at the 7th Annual VisionWalk
We are excited to tell you about the 7th Annual Boston VisionWalk. This event will take place Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA 02135 (Registration and Check In is at 12 p.m., Walk Begins at 1 p.m.).

VisionWalk is a fun, family-friendly 5K (3.1 mile) walkathon. The route is wheelchair and stroller accessible. There will be music, refreshments and lots of kids activities – including a visit from Wally the Green Monster.

ANA Massachusetts will have a team walking to support this event. Our Team Captain is Myra Cacace, President Elect and Newsletter Editor.

If you are interested in walking as part of our team, please register using the following link: Team Website: www.FightBlindness.org/goto/ANAMassachusetts

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Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Awards Information
As referenced on the website, a program of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing awards will recognize and advance 10 nurse leaders. Each awardee will receive a Leadership Development Program scholarship package from the Center for Creative Leadership, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This inter-professional experience is designed to maximize each awardee’s leadership potential for the future.
    The Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Awards are designed to:
  • Recognize and elevate the next generation of breakthrough nurse leaders.
  • Recognize awardees' engagement in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action's state Action Coalitions.
  • Provide awardees with a world-class inter-professional leadership development experience.
  • Identify and train Campaign for Action ambassadors.
For more information and to access the nomination process information: http://campaignforaction.org/breakthrough-nomination-forms

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The AAMCN Innovation Award
The American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) is committed to be an interrelated member of the managed care delivery team and systems for positive patient outcomes. As part of this partnership, we are pleased to announce the launch of the first annual Managed Care Nursing Innovation Award which will reward a company or organization that is improving patient outcomes using an innovative method.

This AAMCN Innovation Award has been established to highlight innovative solutions that bring increased value to the healthcare delivery system, improve patient outcomes and demonstrate the important role of the managed care nurse in the healthcare delivery system.

If you believe your company or organization is eligible for the AAMCN Innovation Award, please fill out the application at the link below. Entries will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2014. The winner will be announced at the Fall Managed Care Forum on Nov. 13-14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

AAMCN Innovation Award Application
*In order to type directly on entry form, choose "Open With Different Viewer" & open with Adobe Acrobat*
Completed entry forms can be scanned and sent by email to: lskrobacz@aamcn.org or faxed to (804) 747-5316.
For questions, please contact Lauren Skrobacz at (804) 747-9698.

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With the emergence of telemedicine, where do nurses fit in?
By Joan Spitrey
Remote medical monitoring is what most frequently think of in regard to telemedicine. If fact, the use of remote monitoring has been in place for more than 40 years, and has be highly effective in rural areas.

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Is there room for scribes in nursing?
By Joan Spitrey
Recently on Twitter, I came across an interesting conversation regarding the usefulness of scribes by physicians. One physician, who never used them, published an article against their use. However, the other physician responded via his blog in praise of their efficient use.

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New nurses and the med-surg mythos
By Keith Carlson
Every nurse has probably heard this statement (or something like it): "Without two years of med-surg, your career is going nowhere." While medical-surgical is indeed a wonderful grounding in the challenges and skills of modern nursing, many new nurses simply can't find med-surg positions.

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Nursing career path evolves, now includes care in community settings
FierceHealthcare
As nursing roles change, so do the career paths nurses take with many moving away from the hospital setting to work for home health agencies, ambulatory care centers, long-term care facilities and other places in the community, Nurse.com reported. And the healthcare community encourages this evolution. Many medical offices and hospitals offer orientation, mentorship programs and residencies to nurses interested in a career change, according to the article.
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5 healthcare megatrends to watch for
KevinMD
Robert Pearl, M.D., writes: Recently, Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers told me that U.S. healthcare is at a tipping point. A positive one, he hopes, but the truth is no one knows for sure which direction the system will tip. At the close of our interview, I asked Chambers what health care topic he’d like me to cover in the future. He asked me to answer two questions. And they happen to be the two questions weighing most heavily on the minds of just about every U.S. health policy expert.
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Will genomic medicine be useful for patient care?
Medscape (free login required)
Significant technological improvements over the last decade have led to a vast expansion in the understanding of the genomic architecture of human disease. However, the use of genomic information, so-called genomic medicine, in routine clinical care, has been slow in comparison to the growth in genomic discovery. The uptake of genomic technology into clinical practice will depend on physicians' perspectives of its utility in patient care.
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Is healthcare improving for obese patients?
U.S. News & World Report
Nearly 35 percent of U.S. adults are considered obese, each with individual health-care needs. But if you're among them, it might feel like you can't get through a single medical encounter without being urged to lose weight – even if you just came in for a flu shot. And you're tired of sitting on a too-narrow exam table in a too-small gown waiting for someone to find a blood pressure cuff that fits. You can ask for safe, accommodating health care that goes beyond your BMI.
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Schizophrenia is 8 different diseases, not 1
USA Today
New research shows that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a group of eight distinct disorders, each caused by changes in clusters of genes that lead to different sets of symptoms. The finding sets the stage for scientists to develop better ways to diagnose and treat schizophrenia, a mental illness that can be devastating when not adequately managed, says C. Robert Cloninger, co-author of the study published Sept. 15 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
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Treating migraines: More ways to fight the pain
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
In the past year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given adults new options for treating migraines by allowing the marketing of two prescription devices for such headaches. People who don't tolerate drug treatments well might find relief by using the Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator or the Cefaly transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation device. Both devices have been shown in clinical studies to be effective and pose minimal risks and side effects when used according to their labeling. There's a great need for these noninvasive devices because many anti-migraine drugs have side effects that some patients can't tolerate.
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8 top challenges and solutions for making EHRs usable
AMA Wire
It’s no secret that many physicians are unhappy with their electronic health record (EHR) systems, thanks in large part to cumbersome processes and limited features that get in the way of patient care. Now a panel of experts has called for EHR overhaul, outlining the eight top challenges and solutions for improving EHR usability for physicians and their patients.
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Concierge medicine for all: Direct primary care is the solution for our healthcare system
Forbes
It is obvious to everyone that the healthcare system in our country is broken and getting worse. What is not so obvious is what it would take to fix it. To know this, we have to understand where we are and how we got here. So where are we? We are in an corrupt, bureaucratic, enormously expensive healthcare system. Because of this, many people cannot access care.
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Study: Kids prescribed antibiotics twice as often as needed
HealthDay News
Pediatricians prescribe antibiotics about twice as often as they're actually needed for children with ear and throat infections, a new study indicates. More than 11 million antibiotic prescriptions written each year for children and teens may be unnecessary, according to researchers from University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. This excess antibiotic use not only fails to eradicate children's viral illnesses, researchers said, but supports the dangerous evolution of bacteria toward antibiotic resistance.
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Protecting nurses from contact with toxic cancer drugs
Health Leaders Media
As the single largest group of oncology care providers, RNs face a disproportionate risk of exposure to hazardous drugs. It's up to nurse leaders to create and promote a culture of safety. Nurses are often described as being on the "front lines" of healthcare, a phrase that evokes potentially dangerous fields like the military or law enforcement.
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Study: US needs better end-of-life care, which might cut costs
Reuters
The United States needs to improve its medical care for people nearing death, a move that might cut rising healthcare costs, an Institute of Medicine study said on Sept. 17. The 507-page "Dying in America" study is aimed at opening a debate on how the U.S. healthcare system treats Americans nearing death and urges comprehensive care to improve the quality of life in their final days. One benefit of improved end-of-life programs could be lower healthcare spending in the United States, which reached $2.8 trillion in 2012, the study said.
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